My makeup artist, Nikki La Rose and I love playing around with different makeup looks. Last week, Nikki stopped by to try out an earth-tone inspired look for these cozy fall months. I'm definitely looking forward to wearing it for our family Thanksgiving dinner.
Step 1: Start With A Clean, Fresh Palette
The key to a great makeup look is skincare. Before applying, cleanse your face and apply moisturizer. Follow with your favorite foundation, concealer, and powder (if needed.)
Step 2: Apply A Nude Shadow To Lids And Crease Of Eye
We used the color Silk Teddy in the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette. But any nude or skintone shadow will work. For this step, make sure to apply with a big fluffy brush. Nikki loves using the 217 Blending Brush from MAC Cosmetics.
Step 3: Line Crease + Lid With A Bronze/Brown Shadow Stick And Blend
I love a shadow stick. It's easy to use and can be applied on the go. I always say the shadow sticks are for people who aren't as experienced in the makeup department. My momma uses one and LOVES it! For this look, Nikki used a mixture of Make Up For Ever's Aqua Matic Eyeshadow Stick in Satiny Warm Brown and Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet.
Step 4: With An Angled Brush, Sweep A Darker Shadow Under Lash Line And Blend
This is the step that kicks the sexiness up a notch. Think "bedroom eyes" so bronze, browns, and other dark neutrals. If you have green or hazel eyes like me, you may even want to try to throw a deep plum into the mix. It really brings out the color! For this look, Nikki used Erotica and Chocolate Martini in the Too Faced Natural Eye Shadow Palette.
Step 5: Sweep A Matte Bronzer To Apples Of Cheeks, Forehead, and Jawline
As far as makeup artist "must-haves" go, the Hoola bronzer from Benefit Cosmetics is definitely on the list. I'd even go as far to say it's a cult classic. The reason is simply because even though it's matte, it's not too harsh.
Step 6: Apply A Cream Blush To Cheeks
Do you ever wonder how red carpet makeup looks so flawless? It's all about how you apply the blush. Instead of strictly sticking to the apples of the cheeks, buff the color in with a brush all along the cheek bones and bridge of nose. This gives you that "sun-kissed" look without making it too noticeable. Instead of the standard powder blush, I prefer the cream version. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink gives a nice and natural pop of color.
Step 7: With A Fan Brush, Sweep Highlighter Over The High Points Of Your Face
This means across your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, in the corner of your eyelid, and just under the browbone. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop goes on flawlessly and doesn't look too harsh. Nothing is worse than looking like a disco ball!
Step 8: Finish Off The Look With A Natural Lip
Since this look calls for a bold eye, the lip should be a little more understated. I love a shimmer eye with a matte lip so we chose Nars Moon Matte Lipstick in Indescent Proposal. It's a pretty nude rose that looks good with EVERYTHING! (For tips about applying matte lipstick, check out my tutorial here)
Stay tuned for more holiday inspired makeup tutorials. I have an AMAZING New Years Eve look that I'm sooooo excited to show you!
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